TOGO: Thousands displaced from flooding, experts brace for more

DAKAR Wednesday, August 06, 2008 (IRIN) - Weeks of rains in Togo have forced thousands of people from their homes into temporary government-run...

TOGO: Flood victims continue leaving school shelters

LOME Tuesday, September 02, 2008 (IRIN) - One month after floods pushed them out of their homes, more than 10,000 flood victims have left temporary...

TOGO: Officials to slaughter more poultry to fight bird flu spread

LOME Thursday, September 11, 2008 (IRIN) - Officials have quarantined Agbata village in southern Togo, and plan to cull all poultry within a three...

TOGO: Mixed reactions to H5N1 flu confirmation

LOME Thursday, September 18, 2008 (IRIN) - Togo’s government has confirmed the H5N1 bird flu virus is responsible for the 10 September outbreak that...

TOGO: Truth and reconciliation process underway

LOME Friday, September 26, 2008 (IRIN) - Almost 23,000 people responded to a UN-funded survey that is the first step in establishing what will be the...

TOGO: 17,000 poultry killed in latest flu outbreak

LOME Tuesday, September 30, 2008 (IRIN) - Some 17,000 birds died or have been culled since the outbreak of the H5N1 avian flu virus on 9 September on...

National name: République Togolaise


Capital: Lomé
Major Towns: Lomé, Soutouboua, Bassar, Kara, Dapaong
Location (geographical coordinates/latitude and longitude): Lomé: 6°7'N, 1°13'E
Time Zone: GMT
Size (Land and Sea): 56,785 km², Water: 4.2%
Borders with Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Gulf of Guinea
Elevation extremes: Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m, highest point: Pic Baumann 986 m 

Head of State: President: Faure Gnassingbe (2005); Prime Minister: Komlan Mally (2007)
Form of Government: Republic
Independancy (from France): April 27, 1960
Currency: CFA franc (XOF)

Main Industries: phosphate mining, agricultural processing, cement, handicrafts, textiles, beverages.
Natural resources: phosphates, limestone, marble, arable land
Agriculture: coffee, cocoa, cotton, yams, cassava (tapioca), corn, beans, rice, millet, sorghum; livestock; fish
Population and People  

Population:  5,701,579 (2007 est.)
Population density per sq mi: 272
Growth rate: 2.7% (2007 est.)
Birth rate: 36.8 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Total fertility rate: 4.9 children born/woman (2007 est.)
Infant mortality rate: 59.1/1000
Religion: Indigenous animist beliefs: 50%; Christianity: 29%; Islam: 21%
Languages: French, Gbe languages (Ewe, Mina, Aja, Kabiyé),
Ethnic groups / Tribes: Native African (37 tribes; largest and most important are Ewe, Mina, and Kabre) 99%, European and Syrian-Lebanese less than 1%
Age structure: 0-14 years: 42% (male 1,201,840/female 1,193,416); 15-64 years: 55.3% (male 1,535,855/female 1,617,631); 65 years and over: 2.7% (male 61,658/female 91,179) (2007 est.)
Life expectancy: 57.9
Literacy: Total population: 51.7%, male: 67%, female: 37% (1995 est.)